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56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA-F's 2013/04/06 23:15:18

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.
He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

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He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to' square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.He has asked nothing in return, except
Our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ...

A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

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'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.

Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq, Afghanistan and all foreign countries.

There is nothing attached....

This can be very powerful..Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

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  • SIMPATTYCO Kaleoku... 2013/05/07 20:50:17
    i did not need an explanation
  • Kaleoku... SIMPATTYCO 2013/05/08 01:15:28
    I consider it a random act of kindness.
  • colton delaney 2013/04/09 01:39:51
    colton delaney
    Today I spoke to a lady I know, her son was just deployed to Afganistan, she said her son has matured so much she cant believe it, he graduated high school in the last year or two and now is a marine serving in afganistan. She looks at his old buddies now compared to her son and she couldnt say enough about what the sevice has done for her son. I hope he stays safe and makes it back to her.
    she said they should bring back the times where all kids had to serve. I agree.
  • 56lady☆... colton ... 2013/04/10 16:04:44
    56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA-F's
    God Bless her family for their sacrifice they have made for this great country ....
    It has to be hard for a mom to let her son go ....
    God Bless You pray for our military
  • ReconMa... colton ... 2013/04/10 20:17:34
  • carl ReconMa... 2013/08/20 01:38:50
    I agree and double that for liberals.
  • EddyGee53 2013/04/09 01:02:37
    They are true AMERICAN HEROES! Now ask yourself this simple question? Are you worthy of such sacrifice? Does our Government and it's citizens deserve such dedication?
    From my viewpoint WE DO NOT!
  • ReconMa... EddyGee53 2013/04/10 20:19:40
  • ToiletGoddess 2013/04/09 00:53:23
    As someone who has a profound respect for those who serve, I can say beautiful to this.
  • ReconMa... ToiletG... 2013/04/10 20:18:43
  • ToiletG... ReconMa... 2013/04/11 17:50:07
    Semper Fi, Marine. And, Uh-rah!
  • ReconMa... ToiletG... 2013/04/11 18:39:27
  • betz ReconMa... 2013/05/06 16:13:11
    Anyone with a heart and a brain supports these heroes (You included) :)
  • 56lady☆... ToiletG... 2013/04/13 15:07:46
    56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA-F's
    Thank you support our troops gif
  • ToiletG... 56lady☆... 2013/04/13 19:51:19
    You're very welcome.
  • RobHom 2013/04/08 23:00:29
    OOOOrrrahhhh!!! Been there, done that.....

    Kinda pissed me off when I came home from Vietnam...I was 19...and couldn't buy a beer.

    But we were damn sure old enough to go into combat to fight, die, and God willing survive to come home!!
  • ReconMa... RobHom 2013/04/08 23:33:24
  • RobHom ReconMa... 2013/04/09 13:12:13
    You're welcome! It was my privilege to serve! And thank you for yours!
  • ReconMa... RobHom 2013/04/09 15:29:28
  • betz ReconMa... 2013/05/06 16:14:46
    ...and we all slept better at night knowing you were protecting our freedoms ReconMarine. I think I might cry. :)
  • betz RobHom 2013/05/06 16:14:14
    "It was my privilege to serve." What wonderful words, RobHom. THANK YOU!
  • RobHom betz 2013/05/07 14:29:52
    You're welcome! Its the simple truth.
  • 56lady☆... RobHom 2013/04/13 15:08:43
    56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA-F's
    Thank You so much for your service to this Great Nation
    ... God Bless You support our troops gif
  • RobHom 56lady☆... 2013/04/13 15:37:24
    You're welcome. It was my privilege to serve.
  • 56lady☆... RobHom 2013/04/13 15:42:02
  • RobHom 56lady☆... 2013/04/13 23:07:08
    Thank you!
  • Big One 0909 2013/04/08 21:12:57
    Big One 0909
    I really wish people would stop saying the 'AVERAGE AGE " is 19 years. The usual hitch is four years, and there are mANY Career military men and women. For the AVERAGE to be 19, There'd have to be some Boots that are under TEN!

    i hate it, hate it, hate it, when people lie to try to stir emotion!. that trick is for Liberal DEMONcrats!

    Perhaps, the MODE average (most frequently occurring number) is nineteen, but no way in HELL is the MEAN Average, (add them all up and divide by the number of units) anywhere CLOSE to nineteen.

    Your Lie makes me disregard the entire balance of your message.
  • RobHom Big One... 2013/04/08 23:10:37 (edited)
    Sorry.....but here is a dose of reality:


    The average age of the soldiers serving during the Vietnam War was nineteen (19). The average age of the soldiers serving during World War II was twenty-six (26).


    The average age of a active duty soldier has stayed relatively stable, at around 21, but the average age for the Army Reserve has dropped.

    In 2001 it was 23.7, while the average Army Reservist today is just 20.6 years old, said S. Douglas Smith, an Army public affairs officer.

    The only reason that it appears to be higher age wise is because of the many National Guard and Army Reserve/Marine Reserves, etc that have been activated that have older men and women in them....

    I went to Vietnam in 68' when I was two months past my 18th birthday......
  • ReconMa... RobHom 2013/04/08 23:37:50
  • RobHom ReconMa... 2013/04/09 13:15:26
    I went in when I was 17....two months after my 17th birthday....

    I was an E-6 when I was 26... Most of my TAB unit was very young....and the oldest guy in the unit was our 1SG and my radar Warrant 04....
  • ReconMa... RobHom 2013/04/09 15:32:39
  • ReconMa... Big One... 2013/04/08 23:35:11
  • betz Big One... 2013/05/06 16:15:48
    Oh really now....you're pulling at straws. Good heavens. Whether they are 18 or 60 they are heroes. Come on.
  • Bronar 2013/04/08 20:32:48
    All man to me. Thank you every one of them.
  • ReconMa... Bronar 2013/04/08 23:38:10
  • Bronar ReconMa... 2013/04/09 01:54:53
    At risk of negating my 1000% respect for the brave men who have, do and will serve, when we start saying 18 isn't a man then the ones who aren't serving think they don't have to be. Cheers my friend and thank you for your service.
  • ReconMa... Bronar 2013/04/09 15:33:49
  • mind-pilot 2013/04/08 19:56:46
    GOD bless them all. Alive and fallen. The best thing to do is; BRING THEM HOME NOW and let them start the civilian after-life they all deserve.
    Please be sure to understand, we have kept them at war for too long( 11 years? 10 deployments each?). Treat their PTSD. Pay for their wounds and educate them. That's what you can really do for them.
  • ReconMa... mind-pilot 2013/04/08 23:38:39
  • mind-pilot ReconMa... 2013/04/10 19:37:50
    We are so "bass-ackwards" in this country. 11 years of war? What the hell is that all about? A professional military with all the high-tech weapons and all we do is run our troops through the mill.
    There are approximately 60,000 wounded we can't seem to take care of. That's damn near the same that were killed in Viet Nam and the wounded "Nam Vet" still has difficulty getting the aid they promised.
    Tax the friggen rich and help pay for the medical, schooling and treat our boys ( Now full blown men) better. The rich are being given quite the gift for what our sons and daughters are going through. It's a two-way road.
    11 years of war?

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